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The Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award

Thursday, August 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award

August 14, 2014 (Lexington, KY) —The United States Pony Clubs Inc., gave the inaugural Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award at Show Jumping Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park during USPC Festival. 2014 marks the first time in 30 years that Judy Thayer was not coaching riders from Eastern Pennsylvania and Delmarva Regions at Championships. Just a few days before heading to the event Judy passed away suddenly. She lived in Kirkwood, PA.

To honor Judy Thayer’s memory, the USPC Show Jumping Committee created this award in 2014 to be given annually during USPC Championships. Winners of the award will receive a lifetime membership to EquestrianCoach.com generously donated by the website’s founder, Bernie Traurig a graduate of Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club.

The award will be given to the person who best demonstrates the attributes of Judy’s coaching style. These ideals are the true measure of Judy Thayer’s character as demonstrated by her coaching, teaching, riding, and care of her horses. The coach will:

  1. Show respect for the rider and especially for the horse or pony during and after competition.
  2. Always encourage riders to focus on the positive in order to learn from each riding experience.
  3. Recognize the simplest methods in coaching often create the best communication between riders and their horses or ponies.

This year’s winner is David “Skippy” Crawford of Elgin, IL who was coaching for the North Central Prairie Region. Skippy is an Australia Pony Club graduate who now rides and trains in Illinois.

About Pony Club- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. 

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